Gold Fingers: une mercerie bruxelloise

 Discovering a shop that sells sewing supplies and finding just what you are looking for is great, and when that shop happens to be in your city, well, that’s just wonderful. Today I’d like to introduce you to ‘Gold Fingers’, a haberdashery I really like on one of Brussels’ main arteries, Boulevard Anspach, a stone’s throw from Bourse/Beurs.

Tomber sur un magasin qui vend des articles de couture qui correspondent parfaitement à nos attentes est trop bien –et si le magasin est justement dans notre ville c’est encore mieux !
Aujourd’hui je vous présente ‘Gold Fingers’ une mercerie que j’aime bien qui se trouve sur une des boulevards les
plus importants à Bruxelles, à deux pas de la Bourse (Beurs).

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I happened upon the shop by chance a few months ago and ever since it’s been my go-to place for pattern paper, zips, sewing machine needles, and elastic. So to spread the word about this gem I asked owner Mohamed Al-Aarkabe if I could come and take some pictures to share them on my blog and he very kindly agreed. If you are looking for a friendly haberdashery with good prices and interesting stock then I really recommend it. The other main
attraction is that the shop specialises in sewing machine repairs, with a free cost estimate. I should probably take my hard-working sewing machine along for a long overdue check up!

J’ai trouvé le magasin par hasard il y quelques mois déjà et depuis c’est mon référence pour du papier du patron, des tirettes, des aiguilles, et d’élastique. Du coup, pour en partager cet adresse, j’ai demandé au propriétaire
Mohamed Al-Aarkabe si je pourrais venir prendre quelques photos et il a gentiment accepté ma proposition. Si vous cherchez une mercerie bon marché avec des produits intéressants je vous la conseille. L’autre atout c’est que le magasin fait des réparations de machine – et les devis sont gratuites ! Grand temps que je prenne ma machine pour une consultation d’ailleurs !

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While the shop has been open at its current location at number 146 since January, Mohamed and his
staff have been providing customers with sewing notions since 2007, previously in a smaller shop further down the Boulevard Anspach. Mohamed
told me it is hard work running the shop but that he enjoys all aspects of it, particularly the varied customers – home and professional dressmakers, students, and those working in theatre – and the products themselves in all their colourful variety. The only negative aspect, according to Mohamed, is the reality of running a business and the risks it entails.

Le magasin n’est que ouverte depuis janvier au numéro 146, mais Mohamed et son staff ont fourni leurs clients avec les articles de mercerie depuis 2007, dorénavant dans un magasin plus petit. Mohamed m’a expliqué que faire tourner une petite entreprise n’est pas facile mais qu’il aime quand-même tout les aspects de son travail, surtout les clients variés qu’ils reçoit – des couturières pro et amatrices, étudiants, des gens qui travaillent dans le monde du théâtre – ainsi que ses produits
lumineuses et colorées eux-mêmes. Le seul aspect négatif, selon Mohamed, c’est la réalité de gérer un magasin dans un climat financier peu certain.

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There is no sign up yet so you’ll have to look carefully for the shop number – but the easiest way to locate Gold Fingers is by the lively feather boas hanging in the
window!

Le nom du magasin n’est pas encore affiché devant donc pour repérer le magasin il faut chercher la vitrine avec des écharpes en plumes ‘boa’ pendus dans la vitrine !

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http://gold-fingers.net/
Boulevard Anspach 146,
1000 Bruxelles

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5 Comments

  1. Jo H. 18th November 2014 / 9:02 pm

    Yay! Excellent review! It's SO much better in it's new incarnation – it used to be impossible to find things, even though you'd be sure it was all in there somewhere. My favourite thing is the most fantastic selection of zips, including separating ones, in all lengths and colours – for about 5 euros. Bargain! And un-findable elsewhere too!

  2. Emily@BelgianSeams 18th November 2014 / 11:45 pm

    Yeah the zips are SO well priced! I couldn't believe it the first time I went in! Glad you enjoyed the review!

  3. Marimi 19th November 2014 / 9:47 am

    Funny, I've been there a few times and I always thought it's a bit of an odd mix of stuff! But it's cheaper than the "Chien Vert" and super convenient so I go there mostly for small supplies.

  4. grtescp 20th November 2014 / 5:13 pm

    Definitely the best place in town for reasonably priced zips – especially since "belle tirette" on ch. Ixelles closed.

  5. Anonymous 9th April 2015 / 5:59 am

    Hello. I discovered the shop lately and I enjoy the finds and the owner is friendly.
    Lovely blog on your "adventures" with sewing and links to fabric shops. Cheers 🙂

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